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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 9, 2007 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

How many shows inspire 48 reviews?? As is the case here, there's a reason - it smokes!!
Just listened to this again last night, and it thrilled me as much as the first time. Branford is just amazingly tasteful all the way thru, and what a setlist!! Shakedown, Help>Slipknot, Estimated, and ..... Dark Star!
This show would convert the most die hard 1969, 1972 or 1977 purist. Has to be one of the top for 1991. Of course, the whole Sept 91 MSG run is fantastic. But this one, along with 9/18 are the standouts for me.
Dr. Flashback :-)


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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Sep 9, 2007 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

Man, without this recommendation I wouldn't've realized how badly I was craving more Bruce/Branford shows. I wasn't even aware of this monster before.

I'm only on the Help > Slip! > Frank and am enjoying this one quite a bit. And, contrary to a few of the reviews I've read, I don't think the sound is that crowded. In fact, the fullness of the sound is one of the things I love about these collaborations.

Thanks, Doc!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

Thanks as always, Doc, but you know these 60's die-hards and how they feel about the '90's. It might be easier to get Mitt Romney to convert to a Pro-Choice stance.

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Poster: Street Pig ! Date: Sep 9, 2007 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

Besides 4.1.91 This one of the Best Shows of 91', Yes a grate setlist but the performance of these tunes puts it over the top, Good Call.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Sep 9, 2007 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

Hey lets not forget 6-14-91 the original Help>slip >Frank Estimated >Dark Star. While I admit not quite as melt your face as the other 2 shows mentioned still very nice playing and one of the nicer vocal performances of this era. Just gotta say that when they were ON in the later era I kinda enjoy it more than any other. Thanks for the reminder on both these shows.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 9, 2007 9:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91


Thanks for jumping the gun on this one. A beauty in a year full of beauties. I happened to throw this one in last week and it holds up. In addition to everything that has been mentioned, check out the deal. Not a top 10 or anything but unique and pretty great.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Sep 9, 2007 9:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monday's Anniversary - 9/10/91

Yes Dr. F -Thank you for a good morning, and its only 2 hours into Mon. Good lookin out.
The recomendations that are tossed out there are always spot on. From A to Z. After paying celebrations to Pigpen's bithdate (and subsequent existence) for the last days, the anniversary of this show just goes to show another drop in the entire spectrum of what makes up the Grateful Dead. Even a 60's or 70's head (not to have to label) cant deny the power and influence of this one. The music is there and speaks for itself.
I have also wondered why the Dead didnt do more acoustic shows. I believe it might have kept the "scene" more deadicated (no gate crashing, less hard drugs and attitudes, Jerry and the boys wouldnt wear down thier batteries so quickly,etc).
I have also wondered why the Dead didint include a horn player from time to time. Not more often, just time to time. Key signatures and time signatures for a jazz saxophinist like Branford? Like red beans to rice.
Lemme throw some tape cond. 3 out:
"The Grateful Dead's last gig with Brabford sitting in on sax (12-31-90), for all its energy, enthusiasm, and even great playing, suffers, I believe< from just too much going on at once. This show 9 mons. later at MSG finds the Dead considerably more relaxed and yet still jazzed to be playing w/ Branford again.
The first set begins with a tuning segment that with the "too many cooks syndrome" coalesces into an almost prelude for the opener, Shakedown. A perfect choice for getting loose withthe sax. Although the jam is relatively short, this vesion is spunky enough to get things off to a nice start. Seemingly anxious to maintain the momentum, Bobby takes /us right into one of only 6 pairings of C.C.>TLL-TTC, with a tasty solo from BM on C.C. Jerrys strong vocal on the Dylan classic more than makes up for his restrained guitar solos.

The next 2 tunes (BTW & Hightime), while among the loveliest tunes, fail to utilize BM. And neither song includes any solos. Possibly pacing themselves?
Then BM tastefully adds some nice back ground color to Cassidy. Bruce's aggresive playing propels this uptempo version. The jam session features succinct, nice interplay, with BM following Jerry like a shadow.
Closing the 1st set, BM gives Deal a nice R&B flavor a la Junior Walker. Fresh and fun..

Second set H>S>F. The jazzier overtones of this Blues For Allah material seem natural to exploit with a consummate jazz musician like BM. The beginning of Slip finds BM laying way back with the rest of the musicians on thier best bevavior. The Slipknot jam is the first time the jamming approaches critical mass. Bob & Phil save the day with a nice blend off propulsion and color. Coming down from the apex, Franklin dances along. The Estimated is not as inspired as the 3-29-90 version, but the tune cries for the sax (including Vince's shit-sax-synth-sounding-stuff while BM is on the same stage).

But what would a Dead-Hornsby-BM show be without a Dark*. This Dark* is light, loose and flowing. The quiet, spare segment after the first verse is the prettiest and most inspired playing of the evening. The darker, atonal jam following the second verse, though chaotic, is the result of great musicians bouncing off each other. BM's soulful fills carressing Jerrys heartfelt vocal on SOTM create another high point.
The show closing Lovelight finds BM steeped in R&B like a smoky, funky barroom. The band conducts itself with admirable restraint yet the still sound like they are having fun."
And to this listener: I am a sucker for a Baby Blue encore. And why would you think this one would disappoint?

Thanx again DR. F

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